Steelers holder Jordan Berry: Rain, snap didn’t affect missed field goal in OT
The snap and hold, according to the man who would know best, were OK when the Pittsburgh Steelers lined up to kick a potential game-winning field goal Sunday in Cleveland.
The wet and windy conditions weren’t an impediment, either, holder Jordan Berry added while speaking from the team’s practice facility the following day.
But Chris Boswell’s 42-yard attempt was no good, and the Steelers had to settle for a frustrating 21-21 tie.
“It was just very, very slightly off to the left,” Berry said. “… It was about a ball width outside the posts. Happens sometimes.”
Berry shielded long snapper Kameron Canaday from any of the blame in what was just the 11 th miss during the 96 attempts of Boswell’s career. Though the snap appeared a bit high, “it wasn’t too bad,” Berry said.
“It was just that my body went a little (up) because obviously with those conditions, I wanted to make sure I had a good firm grasp of it. I didn’t want to be moving my hands too much; I wanted to make sure I got my body behind it. I felt like I got it down all right.”
Berry also downplayed the effect of weather in the game; a moderate wind blew throughout it in addition to steady rain.
“It was a little sloppy out there, obviously; with that amount of rain, some of the spots were good, other spots weren’t so good,” Berry said. “And it was a little gusty in the winds – but nothing super crazy. We have had worse – but it obviously wasn’t an ideal day.”
Boswell was attempting to win a game with a kick for the fifth time over the past nine regular-season Steelers games.
Boswell has not spoken to the media since his miss Sunday.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at email@example.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.